Crewe v Pompey: Gaffer for a day

Barney Hague-Wright previews Pompey's trip to Crewe today

Saturday, 13th August 2016, 10:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:08 pm

I actually live in Leicestershire so I don’t get to go to too many home games, but I was at Coventry on Tuesday night and go to as many away games as possible.

I am hoping for a win at Crewe and that has to be the target for us in every game.

I went to a few games last season on the road when we were really good – Accrington especially sticks out.

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We seem to play with less pressure when we are away.

At home we are almost intimidated by the atmosphere.

The other team sit back and play for a draw but when we go away we are given more freedom.

At Coventry, though, it seemed we were playing with too much freedom!

Kal Naismith at left-back was caught out of position too many times.

To be fair, his free-kick was superb – I think it is the first time I have seen Pompey score a free-kick.

In terms of our team this season, Carl Baker looks a great addition.

Milan Lalkovic is another who has caught the eye and is great competition for Kyle Bennett who can be unreliable at times.

Looking ahead to Crewe, I would stick with almost the same team that was held by Carlisle on opening day.

But Noel Hunt I would like to see start a game – when he came on at Coventry he was threatening and quite entertaining to watch.

Everyone loves Conor Chaplin but I think Paul Cook sometimes feels a bit pressured to put him on – he would start on the bench for me.

The only other change I would make is Tom Davies in for Jack Whatmough, who I feel is lacking a bit of match fitness at the moment.

I like the look of Amine Linganzi so would maybe bring him on in place of Danny Rose or Michael Doyle in the second half.